dental problems and treatment

Dental veneers are used on the front surface of teeth to change their color, shape, size or length. These are thin, tooth-colored materials made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Your dentist will recommend using veneers to fix the following problems:

Teeth discoloration due to root canal treatment, stains, fluorosis, etc
Worn down tooth
Chipped or broken tooth
Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped
Teeth with gaps between them

A visit to the dentist will help you to understand the procedure of using veneer and some of its limitations. You may need to sit for an X-ray and tooth model. Once the model is taken, it is sent to a laboratory. After 2-4 weeks, the laboratory re-creates the veneer tooth and sends it to you dentist. Temporary dental veneers can be placed during the waiting period. After receiving the veneer from the lab, the dentist examines the tooth and veneer before permanently cementing it to your tooth. You may need to return for a follow-up visit a few weeks later to check how your gums are reacting to the veneer.
Some of you may still have nagging questions on veneers. We have listed out the pros and cons of veneers to help you decide whether this procedure is right for you.


Veneers provide a natural tooth appearance.
Porcelain veneers do not irritate the gums.
Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
Porcelain veneer makes dark teeth appear whiter.
Veneers offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative to crowns.
Veneers generally last between 7 and 15 years.
Dental veneers do not require any special care.


This is not a permanent solution.
Veneers are more costly than composite resin bonding.
Veneers are usually not repairable in case of a chip or crack.
There is a chance of tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages.
It is possible that veneers do not exactly match the color of your teeth.
There is a risk of veneers falling off.
Teeth with veneers can still experience decay.
Individuals with unhealthy teeth are not advised to undertake veneer treatment.
Veneers are not suitable for individuals who clench and grind their teeth.